Fritidshemmet – en trygg och lustfylld lärandearena
: En diskursanalys av fritidspersonalens konstruktion av ideal för fritidshemmets verksamhet

Translated title of the thesis: Leisure time-center – a safe and joyful learning arena: A discourse analysis of the staff's construction of ideals for the leisure-time center's activities
  • Patrik Ehrlow

Student thesis: Master, one year


According to previous research, the leisure-time center has been in a field of tension between social-pedagogical and educational-pedagogical values since its integration with the school in the 1990s. Against this background, the purpose of the study is to shed light on the image of the leisure-time center that emerges in the staff's language. The question that is answered is: What ideals are constructed in the staff's language about planning the leisure-time center's activities? The study takes its theoretical starting point in social constructionism and its view of how knowledge and truths are created through language. The empirical material consisting of transcribed interviews with teachers in leisure-time center and observations of planning meetings with leisure staff is analyzed using a discourse analysis influenced by Foucault's theories. Four overarching ideals are identified in the study: the learning ideal, the safety ideal, the joy ideal and the consensus ideal. Taken together, the identified ideals/results show that the image of the leisure-time center that emerges has entailed an adaptation to the desired learning, but can still be said to be in the field of tension between social pedagogical and educational pedagogical values.

Date of Award2021-Sept-03
Original languageSwedish
SupervisorSören Augustinsson (Supervisor), Charlotte Tullgren (Examiner) & Agneta Jonsson (Examiner)

Educational program

  • Magisterprogram i utbildningsvetenskap

University credits

  • 15 HE credits

Swedish Standard Keywords

  • Educational Sciences (503)


  • leisure time-center
  • discourse
  • ideal
  • safety
  • joy
  • learning
  • consensus

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